Lakers star Kobe Bryant issued a statement on Wednesday that addressed his use of a gay slur during Tuesday night's team victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Since Bryant directed his anger at referee Bennie Adams -- Adams hit Bryant with a technical foul -- and unleashed an f-bomb followed by the gay slur, the criticism has mounted against Bryant.
While the statement explains why it shouldn't be taken literally, and how the remark doesn't reflect Bryant's true feelings toward the LGBT community, the words "I'm sorry" do not appear.
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"What I said last night should not be taken literally," Bryant said in a statement. "My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period. The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone."
Is this enough? Or does Kobe Bryant need to say the words "I'm sorry" before everyone can move on?